Samsung Galaxy Note Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, with 12.2 inch display.

With Android 7-inch tablets going for less than $350, it may seem crazy to pay more than $1,000 for any tablet, even one with a 12.2-inch screen.

But to call the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro just another Android tablet would be to dismiss the new features that the South Korean tech giant has developed for this huge display.

In fact, Samsung seems bent on showing companies that the Note Pro is more of a Windows 8 RT and Windows 8 tablet replacement, than just a mere alternative.

If you consider the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone with its multitasking features more than just a big cousin to the Samsung Galaxy S4, the Note Pro is more than just an oversized Note 10.1 tablet.

For those who use Windows 8 tablets such as Microsoft's Surface for surfing, e-mail, watching videos and editing photos, the Note Pro offers all of those features.

That it runs on Android means that the Note Pro offers features lacking in most Windows 8 devices, such as a SIM card slot, as well as hundreds of productivity apps available from the Google Play Store.

Imagine having the device on hand at a meeting or conference and being able to send WhatsApp or SMS messages, on top of e-mail and Facebook chat messages, without needing to whip out your phone.

The Note Pro has the same S Pen stylus as the Note 3 for handwritten notes, as well as the same Air Command feature, which lets you use the stylus for screen grabs, saving webpages and even for opening a new window as an overlay in addition to a separate open application.

The Air Command short cut goes live as soon as you extract the stylus, so there is no need to navigate to a suitable stylus-friendly app.

Instead of typing a reply to a memo, you can simply circle and highlight portions of a document to be changed, for example, and send it back immediately.

Microsoft fans may argue that a full Windows 8 tablet is more powerful than any Android device and has more sophisticated functions, such as video-editing software, but when touchscreen interfaces and simple productivity are streamlining the work-life environment, a bloated device with a powerful operating system may not always be necessary.

Samsung has gone beyond the two-window display on the Note 3 and enabled a four-window feature, enough even for the compulsive multitasker who needs multiple apps (browser, e-mail client, presentation editor and music player) open simultaneously.

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